Monday, October 12, 2009

Natural Gas Futures Rising

Natural gas futures climbed today on rising crude oil prices and forecasts of colder weather in the major gas-consuming regions of the U.S.

Higher crude oil prices were providing support for gas futures Monday. Natural gas for November delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange was trading 11 cents, or 2.31%, higher at $4.88 per million British thermal units after opening floor trade 10.8 cents higher at $5.698/MMBtu.

Natural gas sometimes trades in tandem with crude oil and petroleum products, some of which can be used as substitutes for gas in power plants and heating systems. Nymex light, sweet crude oil for November delivery was trading 17.6 cents higher, or 2.45%, at $73.53 a barrel on rising equities.

Gas futures also were driven higher by forecasts of brisk temperatures in the Northeast and Midwest over the next two weeks. The cooler weather was expected to boost the demand for natural gas for heating.

Physical natural gas for next-day delivery was trading 4 cents higher at $3.95/MMBtu at the benchmark Henry Hub in Louisiana, compared with early Friday, while natural gas for next-day delivery at the Transcontinental Zone 6 in New York was trading 21 cents higher at $4.51/MMBtu, according to the Intercontinental Exchange. (WSJ, 10/12/09)

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